We here at The Sellers Investigative Group know that most of our clients have already implemented policies and preventive measures to prevent their liability exposure and or address harassment in their workplace environments. But SB 76 makes the employers liable for sexual harassment by non-employees as well if the employer knows or should have known of the incident, and fails to take action. Today the number of new cases where plaintiffs are suing employers for sexual harassment is skyrocketing.
Sexual Harassment Investigations
The right type of investigation in these incidents is crucial and requires a trained investigative staff team which specializes in workplace violence, civil torts and crimes. Each investigation we conduct is evaluated, reviewed and categorized by reviewing the complaint and those involved in the incident. Harassment investigations require investigators who are experienced in conducting interviews of the complainant, the alleged violator and witnesses inside and outside of the work environment.
Our skilled TEAM will work closely with corporate counsel and discuss all avenues of the investigation prior to beginning to assure that the client’s liability is protected. One thing to always remember is that a workplace investigation which is conducted under the direction of counsel may be privileged client work product and not subject to disclosure to opposing counsel or others.
Our Workplace Environment Team will utilize the company's policies, procedures, rules, organization and social makeup to assist them in the investigative process of gathering information. Our Workplace Environment Team of investigators will gain the confidence and trust of all those involved and bring the truth of the incident to the surface of the investigation. All of our staff investigators are experienced interviewers and workplace investigator, which promotes openness, honesty and a sense of fair play in discussing the details of the case.
When our Workplace Environment Team conducts administrative or investigatory type interviews during the investigative process we do so without coercion, threats, or promises of leniency to all. For detail and clarity all admissions and statements are memorialized in both written and tape-recorded form with a designated company management or employee requested witness present.
Our Workplace Environment Team does not make any recommendations concerning the form of disciplinary action which should be taken on an employee as a part of our investigation. Our investigation gives our client’s all the information they need to make the right decision in the matter for all involved. At the end of the investigation, we will provide each client with a detailed report to assist management and counsel in their decision making process related to the incident.